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Coyotes. A Journey Across Borders with America’s Mexican Migrants. From the book jacket: “We were nowhere—there was nothing around. We worried we had . Coyotes: A Journey Across Borders with America’s Illegal Migrants. Ted Conover, Author Vintage Books USA $ (p) ISBN Ted Conover is an American author and journalist. A graduate of Denver’s Manual High School Conover spent a year traveling with Mexicans in order to write Coyotes; he lived in a “feeder” valley in the Mexican state of Querétaro, spent time.

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Coyotes « Ted Conover

Lost in Aspen May 03, YourLovelyMan rated it it was amazing. Many people who wrote lovely things about this book’s so-called narrative excellence can’t stand Mexicans never mind that all of south and central America is moving north as well for reasons mirroring those of Mexicans and are eager to explain their crackpot reasonings. He makes statements like, “I was probably the most educated person X had ever met,” and “Though there was great poverty, the Mexican side of the border did Shit.

However, this fresh, personal perspective does give us a “birds eye view” of the life of the Mexican immigrant culture, and how difficult and complex it is. I thought it interesting that the illegals who were caught and deported were back at work in four days — how? They are dogged, resourceful, desperate to work and get money for those back home. Showing of 57 reviews. In addition, there is an entire “word of mouth” network of recommending new workers from certain villages to American farms of previous employ.

I like the first hand look at the life and work of Mexican immigrants working in the agricultural industry.

He even makes a pilgrimage to the Mexican village his friends come from, where we meet their families and relatives. Tted “Ted Conover lived the bizarre life of the Mexican illegals.


Barbara Weathers, Duchesne Academy, Houston. Sep 04, Malissa rated it liked it Shelves: That doesn’t necessarily delegitimize his experiences, but it does qualify the persona Conover seems to have concocted for himself. John Steinbeck would feel right at home with Ted Conover on the road. Coyotse other groups including the Irish, Italians and Germans, to name a few, have also come to America to seek opportunity. Paperbackpages. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Always, there was the fear of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

I can compare this book to the best of George Orwell’s journeys to the heart of poverty. He spends time working in a camp of migrant agricultural workers in both Arizona and Florida. I will warn you there is a bit of foul language and some encounters with prostitutes mentioned. To call Conover’s project “undercover” is a little misleading, since as a white, blond American he can’t exactly pass for Mexican, nor does he try.

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Even the implications, beyond a compassionate approach to immigration policy, are not clear. Cono Excellent, entertaining, emotionally gripping read.

Coyotes: A Journey Through the Secret World of America’s Illegal Aliens by Ted Conover

Feb 04, Kristi rated it liked it Shelves: This experience, initially rendered as an ethnography for an honors thesis, became the basis of his first-person book, Rolling Nowhere: LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

Theirs is a sub-terrestrial world of high-wire tensions, of brutal police, of sinister smugglers. The author travels with them and records his impressions. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. ocyotes

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But will look for a more current book. The fear of being stranded or arrested defeats any Jack Kerouac style romance of the road. In fact, where I live is specifically mentioned in the book. A few years later, Conover trained as a corrections officer and worked at Sing Sing prison in New York state for nearly a year as a rookie correction officer. This gives him great insight in to how their culture is being pulled apart by the migration to America, coyoted how it breaks down the core family in this heavily Catholic country.


Aug 23, David Ward rated it really liked it Shelves: Aug 12, Pages Buy. When he was a young man he hung out with Hoboes in Hobo camps and rode the rails.

Even though this book was written in the 80’s, the story remains the same. I had to read it for a class in college but I have re-read it multiple times. Copyright Reed Business Tec, Inc. A devastating document, this one must be read. He will often become an active participant with the subculture he is writing about. Oct 25, Noah rated it it was amazing. Read a damn book or two–just not this one.

This electrifying account is the harrowing vision of a way of cogotes no outsider has ever seen before. His adventure, sneaking through the border and around country with illegal migrants, was astonishing and somehow it was shocking.

I enjoyed reading this simply because most of my grandparents were immigrants and it reminds me of their sacrifices and hard work that helped set me up for success. It was a quick one night read. I doubt a whole lot has changed to the immigration landscape since then.


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